William Arthur

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 7395
  • Rank: Private
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 38
  • Date of Death: 21/06/1915
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panels 24 to 26.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Perth
  • Address: 48 Smalls Wynd, Dundee
  • Occupation: North British Railway Company, Tay Bridge Station, Dundee
  • Mother:
  • Father:

    William Arthur, 48 Smalls Wynd, Dundee

  • Siblings:

    Mary Ann Arthur, 48 Smalls Wynd, Dundee

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about William Arthur

William has no known grave but is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial.

William Arthur   7395  1st Black Watch

DUNDEE SOLDIER DIES IN GERMANY.

The death is reported of another prisoner of war in Germany who belonged to Dundee.  Deceased is Private William Arthur, 1st Black Watch, eldest son of Mr Wm. Arthur, 48 Small’s Wynd.  Death is understood to have occurred between 19th and 21st June.  Private Arthur had served in the South African campaign, and re-enlisted on the outbreak of war.  Private Arthur was posted missing some time before the news of his death was received.

Dundee Courier 23rd July 1915

William Arthur   7395   Black Watch

DUNDEE BLACK WATCH RESERVIST MISSING.

Intimation has been received in Dundee that Private W. Arthur is missing from the Black Watch.

Arthur, who is a man over thirty years of age, was called up as a reservist, and served in the Boar War and in India when he was attached to his regiment.  In Dundee he was employed with the North British Railway Company, and is the son of Mr William Arthur, retired gardener, living in Small’s Wynd, Dundee.

Dundee Courier 27th October 1914

PRISONER OF WAR DIES IN GERMANY.

All doubt as to the fate of Private William Arthur, 1st Black Watch, has been removed by the receipt of an official communication announcing his death.  Private Arthur, who resided at 48 Small’s Wynd, Dundee, was a reservist, and went to the front in August.  He was reported missing after the Battle of the Aisne on 14th September, but turned up later, a letter being received from him dated 23d October.  Since then, however, nothing has been heard of him, and the War Office now intimate that he died a prisoner of war between 19th and 21st June.  Deceased, who was 38 years of age, was unmarried, and before re-enlisting was employed at Tay Bridge Railway Station.  He had almost 18 years’ service with the colours, eight of which were spent in India.  He served during the whole of the South African campaign.

Dundee People’s Journal 24th July 1915

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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